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    Default Quick Request: Simply Classical Writing, Book 2

    I just received my student and teacher copies of Simply Classical Writing, Book 2. I am so, so impressed. I did not realize:

    1) how different Book 2 was from Book 1
    2) how thorough Book 2 was
    3) what an invaluable resource it will be to my son
    4) what an invaluable resource it will be to all children of all skill levels

    This is a FANTASTIC study! It covers so much grammar, punctuation and style. It really should be shouted from the rooftops (well, maybe not that loudly .)

    My quick request(s):
    1) Can you beef up the description on the product page to let customers know how much is jam-packed in this little gem?
    2) Can you include a more extensive sampling of pages in the product link? Right now, there’s just the Table Of Contents and a few pages on Pocahontas. This is really not a great representative sample. Book 2 covers WAY more than it seems from the sample link.

    Just trying to make y’all some extra coin .

    Thank you!
    Last edited by Michael; 06-06-2018 at 08:03 AM. Reason: added a hyperlink per OP's request
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    Default Re: Quick Request: Simply Classical Writing, Book 2

    Thank you, Anita. You are right. The necessary simplicity of SC Writing One leads to the challenging substance of SC Writing Two.

    There will be much for you and your son to do in Two! If he creates any sentences or paragraphs of which he is especially proud this year, share them here!

    We will work on beefing up that website description and sampling. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherylswope View Post
    Thank you, Anita. You are right. The necessary simplicity of SC Writing One leads to the challenging substance of SC Writing Two.

    There will be much for you and your son to do in Two! If he creates any sentences or paragraphs of which he is especially proud this year, share them here!

    We will work on beefing up that website description and sampling. Thanks!
    Thank you (Michael or Cheryl?) for inserting the product link! I hesitated to ask because I don’t want to give you *more* work to do but seriously, this is a great resource.

    W has not embarked on independent writing yet. He’s still in the “copy” stage. But the incremental work in Book 2 will certainly help with that. I’m excited to teach from it. For anyone following along, Simply Classical Writing, Book 2, covers sentences vs sentence fragments; declarative, interrogative and exclamatory sentences; adjectives, adverbs, nouns, verbs, synonyms, antonyms; story synopses and so much more. And it’s all framed by non-fiction American history. I truly hope my son enjoys it. I will be SURE to post any praise-worthy writing to the Forum.

    Again — well done!
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    Default Re: Quick Request: Simply Classical Writing, Book 2

    Quote Originally Posted by cherylswope View Post
    Thank you, Anita. You are right. The necessary simplicity of SC Writing One leads to the challenging substance of SC Writing Two.

    There will be much for you and your son to do in Two! If he creates any sentences or paragraphs of which he is especially proud this year, share them here!

    We will work on beefing up that website description and sampling. Thanks!
    I think this is generally a "problem" with many of the materials. It's really hard to see what you are getting, until you get it all. Then you kind of go "whoa". The problem of not being able to see it all together I think leads people to agonizing over "what should I do"? I don't think folks really understand the amazing creations!
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    Default Re: Quick Request: Simply Classical Writing, Book 2

    Quote Originally Posted by howiecram View Post
    I think this is generally a "problem" with many of the materials. It's really hard to see what you are getting, until you get it all. Then you kind of go "whoa". The problem of not being able to see it all together I think leads people to agonizing over "what should I do"? I don't think folks really understand the amazing creations!
    I could not agree more, Christine!
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    Default Re: Quick Request: Simply Classical Writing, Book 2

    This is exactly why I am traveling again - to HEAV this time, so come see us in VA! This is the way you can hold the books, caress them, and have titillating conversation with your MP friends!

    Tanya

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    Default Re: Quick Request: Simply Classical Writing, Book 2

    Quote Originally Posted by tanya View Post
    This is exactly why I am traveling again - to HEAV this time, so come see us in VA! This is the way you can hold the books, caress them, and have titillating conversation with your MP friends!

    Tanya
    Sounds like a cocktail party instead of a convention! Sorry we moved on you, Tanya, or I’d be right there.
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    Default Re: Quick Request: Simply Classical Writing, Book 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Anita View Post
    I could not agree more, Christine!
    YES! The Simply Classical materials really need samples of early pages AND later pages so we can see how they progress. If I had been able to see the progression in SC Spelling 1, I would have transferred my son much sooner. I mistakenly thought it would be too easy because I could only see the first lesson or two. I wasn't able to see how perfect it was for him until I bought it. Many of us don't go to the homeschool conferences because we're either set with MP or simply can't afford it/take the time away -- or we're looking for something outside of conference season. We would be able to place our children better if the samples were more robust.
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    Default Re: Quick Request: Simply Classical Writing, Book 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Anita View Post
    Sounds like a cocktail party instead of a convention! Sorry we moved on you, Tanya, or I’d be right there.
    You can come say hi to me at CHEC next week I'm very excited for this trip after hearing you Colorado homeschoolers describe your state!
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    Default Re: Quick Request: Simply Classical Writing, Book 2

    Good points, all. I have a new right-hand web gal who is wonderful. We will work on these things! Thank you. I agree that a "Look Inside" progression could be more helpful than a single-page snippet. We will see what we can do. I'm also working on a Scope & Sequence for SC Writing and SC Spelling. We can post these.

    In the meantime, you can help! As time permits, if you have a favorite SC resource, ...
    1) Review the resource(s) on the MP/SC web page.
    2) Highlight one or more of the SC packages or resources in online homeschool/special needs online groups. Say why you like it, the progress you have seen, how it is different.

    I have read (and have been very touched by) such posts from some of our loyal regulars and from people I do not know.

    Thank you! All of this spreads the word more broadly.

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    Default Re: Quick Request: Simply Classical Writing, Book 2

    Anita

    This is my struggle right now too! I am staring at the catalogs for Simply Classical versus MP and trying to wrack my brain over what to buy and target for each child! I am totally overwhelmed despite all the placement help! I have been going back and forth and back and forth over all of this for more than month now. It is very frustrating... Its probably all in my head and I don't know... I have one son with far more severe special needs, and so I think SC programs are perfect and wish I had chosen them two years ago! Its my second son who seems to have some kind of auditory issue and struggles with reading, writing and even some math. I struggle with where to place him because cognitively he is on par, but it is just these blocked gateways that I'm trying to navigate. Some days I worry he is not getting enough. He is the child who you know can go to college someday but getting there feels like the biggest mountain you will ever have to climb. My daughter (almost 8) will end up in MP1 and I wish she had no concept of grade levels because she will be upset if she finds out she is in first grade curriculum. She kept telling everyone she was in second grade this past year! Sorry kid...Haha. Anyway, trying to figure all this out and get my stuff ordered before the end of next week! I did order the Spelling books so I can determine where my boys are at. We shall see! Whew, my brain is tired!

    Erika

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    Default Re: Quick Request: Simply Classical Writing, Book 2

    Quote Originally Posted by empokorski View Post
    Anita

    This is my struggle right now too! I am staring at the catalogs for Simply Classical versus MP and trying to wrack my brain over what to buy and target for each child! I am totally overwhelmed despite all the placement help! I have been going back and forth and back and forth over all of this for more than month now. It is very frustrating... Its probably all in my head and I don't know... I have one son with far more severe special needs, and so I think SC programs are perfect and wish I had chosen them two years ago! Its my second son who seems to have some kind of auditory issue and struggles with reading, writing and even some math. I struggle with where to place him because cognitively he is on par, but it is just these blocked gateways that I'm trying to navigate. Some days I worry he is not getting enough. He is the child who you know can go to college someday but getting there feels like the biggest mountain you will ever have to climb. My daughter (almost 8) will end up in MP1 and I wish she had no concept of grade levels because she will be upset if she finds out she is in first grade curriculum. She kept telling everyone she was in second grade this past year! Sorry kid...Haha. Anyway, trying to figure all this out and get my stuff ordered before the end of next week! I did order the Spelling books so I can determine where my boys are at. We shall see! Whew, my brain is tired!

    Erika

    2018-2019
    DS1 (12) SC3?
    DS2 (10) SC3 (w/ Barton tutoring) Considering audiobooks for the MP3-5 literature he hasn't heard me read yet just so he has listened to the stories aloud.
    DD3 (almost 8) MP1
    DS4 (5) MPK
    Okay, so: ANOTHER quick request — placement tests for MP regular cores!

    Give us some more information about your struggler, Erika. Maybe we can talk you down?

    As far as First Grade vs Second Grade, MP is a grade ahead. So First Grade IS Second Grade. Would that help your daughter?
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    Default Re: Quick Request: Simply Classical Writing, Book 2

    Erika, you're on the right track! Your daughter can still say she is in third grade this year, since she said she was in second grade last year. To keep things simple, my children and I always referenced their "grade" by whatever grade was suitable to their chronological age. The question "What grade are you in?" is often just smalltalk and not a desire for a full assessment (e.g., "My reading is at the first-grade level, but I'm learning about art and music that some students do not study until fifth grade, and my math....").

    Strive for a good level for each child -- not perfect, but good -- and you will be fine! When you receive the Curriculum Guides, take time to map out your days. Plan on a learning curve for yourself, and allow yourself time to get organized. You can do this.

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